You’ve come to the conclusion that the front entry door of your home is old and in need of a serious update. Rather than slapping on a fresh coat of paint, there are some things you should consider first. Oftentimes, an older door will need to be replaced for functionality (and of course aesthetic) reasons.
Assess The Damage
So you want to replace your front entry door, but before you do anything it should be inspected for any damage. Some people will be able to get away with replacing only the door, however, there could also be damage to the framing, doors jambs, and threshold. Making sure the door is able to open, close, and protect the inside of your home from the outside elements is the top priority. Before you start shopping, have the current door and framing inspected to see what needs to be replaced.
Choose A Material
First things first, you can mix and match materials to suit your needs and wants. Steel doors can be paired with wood framing if that is the look and style you are partial to. Of all door materials, wood is the most common and is extremely popular because of the natural finish it can provide. Steel doors are the top choice if you’re looking for security and durability. For a door that looks like wood but is also maintenance free, opt for a fiberglass-composite door.
- For those replacing the entire entry door system, try to purchase all of the pieces from the same manufacturer. This will eliminate the chances of pieces not fitting perfectly together for a tight seal.
- Opt for low e-glazing on windows within the door and frame to prevent UV rays from shining into your home. You can also look for these types of windows that are specially designed to resist forced entry and break-ins.
- Make sure the new door fits perfectly within its frame and add additional weatherstripping to areas that need it.
A new front entry door will help better insulate your home, open and close in a smoother fashion, and also improve the first impression and curb appeal of your home. When you’re ready to go ahead and replace your entry door, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.